Saturday, July 5, 2014

Girardi Not Surprised Roberts Had a Big Game

For arguably the first time this season yesterday, Yankees Second Basemen Brian Roberts had a really good game.

The 36-year-old ex-Oriole, who has hit .248 with 4 home runs and 18 RBI so far in 2014, went 4-for-5 with three doubles (one drove in a run) and a triple, tying the Yanks' franchise record for extra-base knocks in a single contest. 

Now to most of us, the fact that Roberts was able to do something like that was surprising, although team Manager Joe Girardi apparently doesn't think so, arguing after the stressful 6-5 win that Roberts has actually been good this year.

"We've said all along that his numbers aren't really indicative of how he's swung the bat," Girardi told The Newark Star Ledger's Brendan Kuty. "We think he's hit the ball pretty hard. He just didn't it at people (Friday)."

Whether you agree with that observation or not, the veteran finally doing what we know he can has got to be refreshing, as a productive Roberts driving the ball in all directions would obviously improve the club. 

Still, we have to make sure to remember that this was just one game, and that it doesn't necessarily guarantee any future success. 

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